Import Bolsters Sharks
Logan Savory, Southland Times
The Sharks have signed a United States import on a short-term deal as the new Southland National Basketball League team eyes a positive start to their debut season.
Twenty-two-year-old Mike Rose arrived in Invercargill last night to provide cover for the Sharks in the early rounds of the competition.
The Southland team has been dealt a blow with its key player and captain Luke Martin ruled out for Saturday night’s opening game because of his involvement in the Australian National Basketball League.
Martin’s ANBL team the Wollongong Hawks have progressed to the finals, which has delayed his arrival in Southland.
The Sharks also have another US import in their sights but he also won’t be available until a few rounds into the competition.
This has prompted coach Richard Dickel to bring in Rose on a short-term deal.
Rose has been playing the ANBL for the Melbourne Tigers and while his stint in Invercargill at this stage is for only a month, he could possibly stay longer if required.
Rose has previously played for a professional team in Turkey and had an impressive college career with Eastern Kentucky University.
Rose finished as the university’s all-time leader in games played, second on the all-time scoring list and second in the all-time three-points made list.
With Martin’s absence against Hawke’s Bay on Saturday night, Ian Carthcart will take on the captaincy duties.
“We’re supportive of Luke and we hope he can win a title with Wollongong.
“He is going to a big loss for us, though. He was our first signing, he’s our captain, he is a lot to us,” Dickel said.